updated 12/2/2010 9:46:08 AM ET 2010-12-02T14:46:08

DETROIT, Dec. 2, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gomez, the Web performance division of Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq:CPWR), today announced that PETCO is using Gomez' Web performance management solution and industry benchmarks to quantify and validate the impact of its technology investments in ensuring the performance, availability and quality of its Web applications. PETCO is a leading pet specialty retailer with more than 1,000 stores nationwide.

Each month , PETCO has hundreds of thousands of unique visitors to PETCO.com exploring its 10,000 different pet-related items. PETCO was seeking an efficient way to understand and measure how its Web applications were performing in relation to other online retailers. PETCO began proactively monitoring its Web applications to ensure key Web pages and transactions perform properly – all the time, in all locations and across multiple browsers.  

PETCO also utilized Gomez Benchmarks to better understand the state of its Web application performance in comparison to competitors. Benchmarking performance enables PETCO to measure performance changes over time and understand the risks of change for technology related investments by providing visibility into the performance impacts (positive or negative) of Web application changes.

"Continuously optimizing the speed and availability of our site is fundamental to PETCO's strategy in creating a fun and exciting online shopping experience and helping pet parents give their pets the quality of life they deserve," said Katie Grisko, Web Strategy Manager at PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. "Gomez' Web performance solutions and benchmarking capabilities play a vital role in helping us assess the impact of any infrastructure changes to end-users, and validating decisions and investments."

"The ability to measure the performance of business-critical applications from your customer's perspective and compare it to industry benchmarks allows companies like PETCO to not only optimize the performance of these applications, but also evaluate how that performance stacks up against other online retailers and competitors," said Matt Poepsel, VP Performance Strategies, Gomez. "With actionable performance data, IT and business decision makers can baseline the performance of critical Web applications against investments made or planned."

About PETCO

PETCO is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate more than 1,000 stores in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading pet products and information destination at www.petco.com . Our nonprofit organization, The PETCO Foundation, has raised nearly $70 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support approximately 6,500 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year.

About Compuware Gomez

Gomez, the Web performance division of Compuware, provides the industry's leading solution for optimizing the performance, availability, and quality of Web and mobile applications. The on-demand Gomez platform integrates Web load testing, Web performance management, Web cross-browser testing, and Web performance business analysis, enabling organizations to test from the "outside-in" – across all users, browsers, devices, geographies, and data centers – using a global network of over 150,000 locations. Gomez is an integral part of Compuware's end-to-end Application Performance Management offering, the industry's only solution for optimizing application performance across the Enterprise and the Internet. Over 3,000 customers worldwide, ranging from small companies to large enterprises – including 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. websites – use Gomez to increase revenue, build brand loyalty and decrease costs.

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Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation, the technology performance company, provides software, experts and best practices to ensure technology works well and delivers value. Compuware solutions make the world's most important technologies perform at their best for leading organizations worldwide, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. web sites. Learn more at: http://www.compuware.com .

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